Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services

General information


After completing a master's degree in health and social studies, you are able to work in challenging, multidisciplinary expert, development and management positions or as an entrepreneur. You can predict the national and international development of the field of health care and social services and develop well-being services based on evidence. You have the capabilities for innovative, proactive and evaluative development and management in the changing operating environments of health care and social services. The objective is to strengthen the leadership and development skills of specialists working in the social and health care sector (the following bachelor’s degrees: Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Midwife, Nurse, Bachelor of Social Services, Paramedic Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist) in multidisciplinary study groups.

You may increase your international competence by applying for a Double Degree Programme, which is carried out in English in co-operation with the Austrian Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). The degree titles of those who have completed the Double Degree Programme will be Master of Health Care/Master of Social Services/Master of Health Care and Social Services as well as Master of Arts (Health Management) from Austria. The double degree provides capabilities for acting in the international operating environments of social and health services.

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The goal of the education is that the graduates of the degree programme are experts in the development and management of health care and social services, who

  • understand the basic concepts of management, and of public management in particular
  • have internalised the importance of human resource management in the development of a work community
  • understand the importance of the management of well-being at work for successful operations and the sustainable development of working life
  • are able to apply the working life development methods in change management and the innovative development of social and health services
  • have mastered the specification of the goals and core competence of their organisation or company and management in accordance with them
  • are able to apply the theories and operating models of economic and information management to improve the quality, productivity and effectiveness of the organisation.

Degree profile

In addition to investigative development in working life, the studies in health care and social services development and management are profiled in personnel management and the management of well-being at work, the quality and financial management of social and health services, as well as understanding diversity and complexity in the leadership of work communities.

1.  In personnel management and the management of well-being at work, the students learn about the core concepts and strategic importance of personnel management as well as the central challenges of maintaining and developing well-being at work, aiming at sustainable development in working life.

2. In the quality and financial management of social and health services, the students will utilise evidence-based information. The focus is on the development of the productivity, effectiveness and quality of publicly funded services.

3. The students will learn to identify and understand diversity and complexity in the leadership of work communities and see this diversity as a useful resource.

In accordance with their Personal Learning Plans and career plans, the students can focus their studies on entrepreneurship or develop their international competence on international Study Tours or a Double Degree Programme.

Structure of studies in Peppi

The structure of the studies (90 cr) is as follows:

  • Management and Leadership in a Dynamic Social- and Health Care Environment, core studies 35 op
  • Research and development studies linked to the core studies 15 cr
  • Optional vocational studies: Entrepreneurship and New Business Development 15 cr
  • Elective studies 10 cr
  • Master's thesis 30 cr

Individual courses


The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection

Structure and completion of studies

The studies include advanced specialisation studies, elective studies and a thesis, or a working-life development assignment. The studies consist of courses and larger competence areas.

Health care and social services development and management studies

During the first 1½ years of studies, the focus is on the phenomenon of management in the changing operating environment of health care and social services as well as strengthening the research and development competence. The Master's thesis constitutes one third of the studies, and therefore work on the thesis begins already during the first year of studies. During the last 1–1½ years, the main focus is on the thesis and the elective studies chosen based on the Personal Learning Plan and career plan. You can deepen your competence related to entrepreneurship and internationalisation by selecting studies that support the competence areas from JAMK's extensive selection of master’s degree studies.

Studies completed in other Master's degree programmes and Master's degree studies offered by partner universities can also be accepted as optional and elective studies. In addition, the students can utilise open online studies offered by international institutes of higher education, the MOOC courses, in accordance with the Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

In addition to the courses offered within the degree programme, courses in Finnish and in English are offered by all of JAMK’s Master’s degree studies. The students make choices in accordance with their PLP within the competence areas/courses through learning tasks and the thesis. The studies are implemented as multiform studies, utilising working life and the more extensive research and development projects as learning environments. At least 5 ECTS credits of the studies in the degree programme are completed in English.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Forms of study

​Part-time studies

In education implemented as multiform studies, the studies are mainly carried out in virtual learning environments. In addition to remote learning, the studies include an average of two days of classroom teaching per month during the first 1.5 years, after which the classroom teaching involves thesis seminar work. The studies can be completed part-time alongside work, or intensively as full-time studies. The studies are carried out in multi-professional teams, where the students can network with other professionals in the field and develop their own work community.


Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

​Employment and further studies

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The degree provides the qualification to apply for public offices or positions as well as other tasks that require a higher post-secondary degree.

The graduates of the degree programme have been employed in different kinds of supervisory, expert and development positions in public, private and non-governmental organisations in the well-being sector, as project managers or experts in development projects as well as entrepreneurs. Those who have graduated from the international double degree programme have excellent opportunities for finding employment in different kinds of international positions.

​Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

Other information


The education has been planned in cooperation with companies, public and non-governmental organisations in the field of health care and social services as well as the representatives of international partner universities. The views of the representatives of working life, the materials related to predicting competence needs as well as the views of the students and alumni who have participated in the education have been taken into account in drawing up the curriculum.

​Contact information

Tapio Mäkelä, Specialist, +358 505 206 603
Sirpa Tuomi, Programme Coordinator, +358 400 976 750
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä